The suss-sounding John Gotti biopic, with John Travolta attached to play the former head of the Gambino crime family, has hit another hitch.
A month or so ago it was revealed that Joe Pesci, who had been asked to play the main crook legal eagle, was looking to sue producer Mike Fiore because he said he used his name to promote some excitement around the movie, before later withdrawing the contract offered to him.
Now, according to Showbiz 411, things have gotten progressively worse from there – for one, a lack of greenbacks has delayed the film indefinitely. Interesting.
The film, whose producing team is made up of felons and who-knows-what, seems to have been set-up on a structutre of false promises and handshakes. As a result, the picture looks like it’s going to go under – pity, since it had such a great cast attached (Travolta, Al Pacino and so on) and a dependable director (Barry Levinson).
Says the site :
It does appear that the “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” has simply hit the wall. There’s no money to move forward, and producer Marc Fiore has not been able to raise the money he needs. Fiore has been telling various players in this saga that “money is coming from overseas,” etc. But so far it hasn’t arrived. All work has halted, although not much work has actually happened. It’s unlikely production could begin in January since almost nothing has been done yet viz a viz sets, costumes, or planning.
I’m told that the John Travolta “Gotti” movie is on hold again after posting so many casting notices– over 82 roles including someone nicknamed “Veal Chop.” Readers of this column know the history of this precarious project. The fear was that Marco Fiore aka Marc Fiore was not able to raise sufficient funds to actually make the movie happen. This week several of the principals involved including Travolta, Barry Levinson and Al Pacino were supposed to be paid. Now sources say that the casting office is saying the movie is on hold again
Atleast y’all always have Chili Palmer hey, JT?